The mighty Ishkabibel
01-04-2003, 04:02 PM
To those that travel light, anyone try the HT Enterprises ice shelter? I got it for about a hundred bucks and its so light that I carry it on my back with the strap supplied. It goes up in about 1 minute (although I have not tried it in much wind. I like it!
I have the HT (which is black) and is basically a tent. I used it on a very still day and it was fine. One day which was quite windy, it drove me crazy. The sides kept billowing in on me to the point it was a problem. You need to anchor it in the ice. Taking it down on a windy day was not fun either. I have not used it in 2 years and now have a Frabill Ice Ranger
The mighty Ishkabibel
01-04-2003, 09:09 PM
Good to know about the wind Mike,..again, As I said,haven't used it on a windy day and it was a concern,..I wounder if it can be made a bit stronger with cliping small rope on the insides to tie the ribs from billowing in,..I did that with an old Colman tent years ago on a windy Mt top and it helped a lot,..What I do like is the fact I can put a lot of stuff on my modified tobaggen and still pull it,..I doubt with all my gear I could pull one of those heavy shelters too. Yeah I did stake it down in case the wind came up,..I'm sure one of the substantial shelters would be a lot better but I'm from an area that until a few years ago you would be considered a whimp if you put up a windbreak<G> This was nice esp with a small heater,..didn't like the slippery plastic floor though. Unless I get a snowmobile (which I vowed never to do) I'm at my limit with all the junk I like to bring!
Putting rope on inside frames is a good idea. That will help the billowing for sure. I used the ice nails that came with it for staking and they worked fairly well. The light weight is a plus, so I guess what you gain in one area is a loss in another area. Hope it works out for you. If you have some parachute cord, that would maybe be strong enough rope.
01-05-2003, 09:43 PM
Mighty Ish", I used to use the HT "pop-up" but made some additions to it. I didn't like it laying all over me in windy conditions either. So, I cut some 1"x2" cross bracing that I placed between the fiberglass supports on both sides and the back. It stiffened it substantially and didn't add that much weight. I also made a folding plywood floor that was carpeted with cutouts in it. Unfortunately, I got a good deal on a Shappell Deluxe and use it instead. It's definitely bulkier to drag out but it resists the wind better. I still have the HT and am interested in selling it if there are any interested takers out there. Lou
01-06-2003, 07:58 AM
I'd be interested in buying it, have never seen one though. How big is it--one man or two? Is it basically a fish-trap. Fill me in, thanks.
The Mighty Ishkabibel
01-06-2003, 05:36 PM
Hey Indie,...hummm are you actually cross bracing or connecting the supports on the sides? How do you attach them? The floor plywood/carpet sounds great but I guess it does add a lot of wt to the package. It sure would be a lot nicer than the floor that comes with it.